Friday, February 7, 2014

Dancing Horses Cross Body Bag

Since I am heading on vacation soon I realized that I needed a bag that I could wear across my body, that held my kindle, wallet, passport and other little items.  I decided to just wing it with the pattern since I didn't have any that were large enough.  Well as usually winging it has its issues :)  I used a stiff stabilizer because I didn't want a floppy bag and it made turning it a bit of a nightmare. I attached the lining and the body of the bag with bias tape.  Which worked well except I hadn't planned for straps, so I just ended up sewing them on after.  Not quite as nice of a finished look but still functional.  It has a big open pocket on the front as well as a large zipper pocket and my kindle fits great in the main compartment.  Of course I used one of my most hoarded fabrics, Dancing Horses by Laurel Burch.  It pained me to even cut into it.  But I have realized I will get to see the fabric more if I actually use it instead of leaving it in a drawer.  I am hoping to have a chance to whip up a simple wallet for the trip too but I am not sure I will have time.  Due to our crazy cold temps (-41 with -60 windchill yesterday) we have frozen pipes on one half of our house and I will have to haul laundry in order to wash it.....I am really ready for spring!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Technical Difficulties

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It was brought to my attention that comments weren't working on my blog.  So I set about to fix that.  I think my first issue was that Disqus had updated and was not working.  So I just removed that all together.  Then I did some updates on the blog layout and look.  I hope you like it.  Blogger kept having an error and losing all my changes, after about 15 attempts I finally got it right I hope! If anyone notices anything not working please send me a message so I can take care of it right away! Thanks for your patience!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

My Sis Boom Jenny Party Dress

Well after 2 full dresses and 2 muslins later, I decided I was happy with the pattern adjustments.  I had to shorten the back bodice and used the back waistband from the size up pattern. I also had to go up a cup size on the front bodice pieces. On a heavier woman I felt like there was just too much gathering on the back. I could size down the front waistband still, but I am happy with it for now.  I am sure I will be making this pattern again, but I needed to get this dress done for my trip.  I also used some top stitching not sure if I like how it turned out or not.  It seemed like a good idea at the time, lol.

The fabric I chose although gorgeous, was a PITA to work with, all those little sparkles and studs caused my machine to jump skip and stop.  And gathering was not easy either because of them.

I was thrilled with the patterns suggestion to use a glue stick for the zipper.  I will not be ever doing a zipper without a gluestick.  It was so much easier.  I love the Sis Boom pattern directions, I can't say enough about them.  They can get you through anything.  Yes I have been a seamstress for a while, but I generally have avoided anything fitted and lined or clothing for myself in general.  My body is not easy to fit, not even a little bit.  I have a very large rib cage and belly and a small chest.  But with all the suggestions on the pattern I could adjust to get a good fit for me.

So on to the pics, I am also not fantastically photogenic and these pics don't do the dress justice but it shows how it turned out.  I guess I am more critical because I can see all the little things I wish I would have done differently.  But really its a pretty dress and I will look nice when we dress up and go out to eat on vacation!